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The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - He­len Leon­hardt 403-823-9823

Lynn Hem­ming and I, along with eight oth­ers from Grace Lutheran Church, at­tended a women’s re­treat at the Al­berta 4H Camp site west of Pi­geon Lake on the week­end. Ashley (Hem­ming) Green pre­sented her work­shop – Love Let­ters to Strangers which she does in nu­mer­ous com­mu­ni­ties and mainly in Ed­mon­ton. It is a vol­un­teer project of hers and she has been on Ed­mon­ton TV sta­tions many times talk­ing about it. She was also named among the top 200 peo­ple in Ed­mon­ton to make a dif­fer­ence with her vol­un­teer work. 47 women from the Red Deer, Cam­rose, We­taski­win, Dids­bury and Drumheller ar­eas were there to take part. Ashley’s grandma He­len pre­sented a Bible study re­lat­ing to her pre­sen­ta­tion.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to two young peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who were, on April 12, 2016, pre­sented with their gold level Duke of Ed­in­burgh awards. There were three gold award re­cip­i­ents in Drumheller. We are proud of Raine McDougald and Avril Wil­son who have achieved this hon­our. The Duke of Ed­in­burgh pro­gram was started lo­cally in 2011 in part­ner­ship with the RCMP. This self-de­vel­op­ment pro­gram is built up of three lev­els – Bronze, Sil­ver and Gold. Both Avril and Raine have achieved their bronze and sil­ver lev­els. The re­quire- ments for gold level are 60 hours of Com­mu­nity ser­vice over a 12 month pe­riod, 50 hours of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity over 25 weeks, a skill ac­tiv­ity main­tained over a 12 month pe­riod, a three night ad­ven­tur­ous jour­ney, and a res­i­den­tial project. To ful­fill these re­quire­ments Avril did some of these things – Skill ac­tiv­ity, draw­ing and sketch­ing; Ad­ven­ture Jour­ney – a five day four night camp­ing ex­pe­di­tion on foot; Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity – foot­ball; Res­i­den­tial project - Ti­tan’s trip to Hawaii. Raine’s ac­tiv­i­ties to achieve her gold were – Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity – vol­ley­ball, fig­ure skat­ing, dance and run­ning; Ser­vice – 4H vol­un­teer­ing and fundrais­ing for trips and vol­un­teer­ing as a pro­gram as­sis­tant for fig­ure skat­ing; Ad­ven­ture Jour­ney – trail rides, 4H ex­change trip to and from Ox­ford On­tario, ASLC in Ed­mon­ton and “Bad­lands to Banff Ride” trip; Res­i­den­tial project – EF trip to Switzer­land, Italy, Monaco and French Riviera. An­other re­quire­ment of their pro­gram was to keep a de­tailed ac­count of their par­tic­i­pa­tion. I may have missed some of their ac­tiv­i­ties as it is hard to keep up with these two, ac­tive young women. There will be an award cer­e­mony in Cal­gary on June 24, 2016 when all lev­els of medal­ists will re­ceive their awards. There are only three of these cer­e­monies held in Canada this year so this is a very spe­cial event. Once again our hats off to all these young peo­ple who take part in the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Awards. This pro­gram is car­ried out in 130 coun­tries in the world and Drumheller was the first com­mu­nity in Al­berta to in­tro­duce it. Well done ev­ery­one con­nected to this valu­able pro­gram.

Happy birth­day last week to San­dra (Shad­lock) Mar­tynes on April 29, Fred Ewing on April 30 and Mar­i­lyn Thomas on May 3.

Missed wed­ding con­grat­u­la­tions to Deana (Poland) and Rob Lehne on April 26. Hope you had a good day.

The Larsen fam­ily had a busy win­ter! Kirby played hockey on the Delia Fun Team and Martin was as­sis­tant coach. Kim was head coach of the Delia Skat­ing Club and coached the CanSkate and StarSkate pro­grams. Both Kirby and Kylie took part in the CanSkate pro­gram. Kirby com­pleted his stage three badge and Kylie com­pleted stage one. Kylie took the sil­ver medal in the FunSkate com­pe­ti­tion in Hanna. Kylie has also been tak­ing bal­let and tap lessons with the Tri­cia Hatch School of Dance in Drumheller and is look­ing for­ward to her recital in May. Both Kirby and Kylie are play­ing ball in Delia this spring, Kylie in T-ball and Kirby in “Rookie”. Kirby’s team will be part of the Chi­nook Ball League so will be play­ing teams in Del­burne, Trochu and Drumheller. What an ac­tive fam­ily! Have a good sum­mer!

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